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Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

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In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek

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Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP MP for Bukit Bendera, on Sunday 7th October 2012 Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek and his son Deputy Agriculture Minister Chua Tee Yong should debate economic policies with facts and sound arguments and not make… Read More

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    Najib's excessive control over developmental allocation

    Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong

    One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation.

    Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade.

    According to the statistics I have compiled, the allocation of PMD in 2006 was 2.5% of (RM 4 billion) of the total budget. Since then, it has been increased to 3.8% in 2008 (RM 6.9 billion), 4.9% in 2009 (RM 10.2 billion), 5.6% in 2010 (RM 11.9 billion) and 7% in 2015 (RM19 billion).

    What is more alarming is that the PMD took a quarter of the total development allocation. In 2006, the PMD only had RM 2 billion (5.6% of the total development budget) but the amount increased more than six fold to RM 13 billion in 2015.

    While the 2015 Budget has only allocated 18% or RM 50.5 billion for development, the PMD has taken the lion's share, 25 % of the total development budget.

    The concentration of financial resources in the hands of Prime Minister Najib is unprecedented and unparalleled.

    Of the development funds given to Najib’s Prime Minister’s Department, significant portions are of discretionary nature which usage is determined arbitrarily by Najib himself. To name a few big ticket items in the PMD’s developmental budget- the Facilitation Fund (RM 2.5 billion) and an allocation for "Special Projects" (RM 1.6 billion).

    Such slush funds at Najib’s disposal in PMD at the expense of genuine developmental needs is deplorable.

    I will raise the question of PMD controlling so much of the development budget during the committee stage of budget debate.

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    KLUANG, 30 OKT: Ahli Parlimen Kluang Liew Chin Tong menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Polis Diraja Malaysa (PDRM) menggiatkan usaha membanteras kegiatan perjudian di Johor, khususnya di daerah Kluang.

    Kata Chin Tong, peningkatan jumlah premis judi terutamanya di daerah ini dibimbangi menyumbang kepada pertambahan pelbagai kes-kes jenayah.

    “Semasa membuat tinjauan di kawasan Kluang dan berjumpa dengan pengundi, mereka mengadu bahawa salah satu penyumbang kepada kes-kes jenayah adalah pusat judi atau pusat hiburan,” kata Chin Tong dalam satu kenyataan.

    Terdahulu, polis Johor dalam satu kenyataan baru-baru ini menyatakan bahawa seramai 1,673 individu yang dipercayai terlibat dalam kegiatan perjudian ditahan menerusi 3,611 serbuan dan pemeriksaan.

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    Berita KDN dan Polis digesa giat usaha banteras perjudian 30 Oktober 2014 KLUANG, 30 OKT: Ahli Parlimen Kluang Liew Chin Tong menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Polis Diraja Malaysa (PDRM) menggiatkan usaha membanteras kegiatan perjudian di Johor, khususnya di daerah Kluang. Kata Chin Tong,…